VIVA Vancouver and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association present HULA!: a hula hoop playground, a temporary installation designed by architectural graduates Byron Chiang and Zhaleh Moulaei.
Working with the help of the structural engineering consulting firm, Bevan-Pritchard Man, they built a lightweight pavilion made with 200 hula hoops.
The hula hoops are painstakingly arranged to create an inviting space.
Now that's some skill! The hula hoop is an exercising instrument that can be traced back to the days of antiquity, but can counted on to always be a good time... with some know how.
This free event brings together urban space and body, social interaction and excitement. Passersby are also encouraged to hoop or dance with one of the loose fruitful hoops on the ground.
When you've got it, you've got it.
VIVA also includes free corporate activations such as Lululemon's Yoga in the Street
For hours, they stretched and ommmmmed in the most unique studio ever.
Granville Street's first and only Yoga class, hosted by LuluLemon.
Have you ever wished you could redesign and rebuild part of Vancouver's public realm?
Architecture and design is an inescapable part of the Vancouver experience, yet there are few chances for people to influence these designs outside of academic settings, City Hall, or architectural offices. Sometimes it can feel like the city and its spaces are created by unseen hands in some faraway design star chamber. And let’s face it: the designs we live with on Vancouver’s streets are not always as creative and risky as they could be.
Upcycled Urbanism is a participatory project that invites students, artists, designers, makers, and anyone with a even a smidgen of creativity to reimagine and rebuild parts of Vancouver’s public realm.
Working together, teams of participants will design and build prototypes using modular blocks of expanded polystyrene containing material salvaged from the construction of the Port Mann Bridge.
By inviting people to re-imagine public art and street amenities, we hope that Upcycled Urbanism will provoke conversations about public realms and design culture in Vancouver, foster collaboration and connection between people of diverse backgrounds and talents, and give participants a greater sense of ownership over the public places they share.
It will also viscerally explore issues of sustainability by removing polystyrene from the waste stream, empowering people to build with it in a large-scale public spectacle, and finally returning the material for further recycling.